Ιταλία & Φιλιππίνες: Gentrification, ghettoisation, ταραχές

Το ζήτημα της στέγης ξεσπάει σε διάφορες χώρες με διαφορετικές βέβαια μορφές ανάλογα με τις ιδιομορφίες κάθε μίας τους, τη ζώνη στην οποία ανήκουν, τη φάση που βρίσκεται η οικονομική κρίση εκεί, την ιστορία τους κτλ. Πρόκειται όμως για αγώνες εντάσσονται στο πλαίσιο των αγώνων που σχετίζονται με τη γαιοπρόσοδο, ως μορφή της υπεραξίας, αγώνες εκτός χώρων εργασίας και εργατικού κινήματος, αλλά ιδιαίτερα σημαντικοί για τη σύγχρονη ταξική πάλη, καθώς εντάσσονται στον πυρήνα της αναδιάρθρωσης του χρηματοπιστωτικού καπιταλισμού.

Ιταλία: αναδημοσίευση από libcom

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A 20-year old young woman lying on the ground with her face covered in blood: this happened yesterday in Rome, when a rally demanding more public housing was brutally charged by the police.

The movement for the right to affordable housing is very active in Rome, with hundreds of occupations, rallies and assemblies to prevent evictions, and public initiatives calling for affordable housing. On July 1, associations and collectives called a demo in the city center, demanding a moratorium on house evictions, which affect the weakest and the poorest in times of economic hardship.

The rally was not authorized to enter Piazza del Campidoglio, home of the Mayoral Office, allegedly because of a planned concert; however, a rally of the ultra-right wing formation La Destra had been authorized to take place in the very same square. Anti-riot police blocked the path of the demonstrators as soon as they reached Piazza Venezia, before they could approach the area in question.

The police charges were very violent, with batons used on unarmed and defenseless protesters. One of them, Stefania Giorioso, had to seek medical help and needed 15 stitches in her forehead. She has since publicly denounced the brutality of police on national television. Mayor Marino later visited her in the hospital, as a gesture of public reconciliation.

Following the episode in Naples earlier in May, this is the second time under the new cabinet that police have attacked left-wing protesters in order to protect far-right activists.

Φιλιππίνες, αναδημοσίευση από libcom:

Thousands of people living in slums in Manila have fought fierce battles with police, who are trying to evict them from their homes in order to make way for a multi-billion dollar project to turn the area into a new business district.

As police moved in to the 72 acre site, residents erected barricades, and fought back the police using rocks, nail bombs, and bags of faeces. The police repeatedly charged the barricades with batons and teargas, but without success.

Of the 10,000 families housed in the area, 8,000 have already been relocated (violently removed) over the last two years, since the government signed a huge deal with a leading real estate company.

Many of the residents are migrants who earn poverty wages, and have lived in their homes for over 30 years. The site that the government are proposing to relocate people to is many miles away from Manila, their families, and their jobs.

In a typically callous statement, the minister responsible for the project claims that those refusing to vacate their homes of several decades are “Professional Squatters”, and militants who are agitating for a better relocation package, and that “they will not be tolerated, and dealt with accordingly”.

Link to a blog post detailing the start of the dispute in 2012 – http://en.squat.net/2012/01/16/san-juan-city-philippines-squatters-resistance-against-a-police-demolition-attack/

 

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